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World Telecommunication and Information
Society Day 2008
Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2008 global ceremony
Theme: Connecting Persons with Disabilities
|When:||15 May 2008, 13:00 to 15:00. See Programme here.|
|Where:||Cairo, Egypt (Cheops Auditorium, CICC): Venue of ITU TELECOM AFRICA|
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day marks the establishment of the International Telecommunication Union on 17 May, 1865.
Since the conclusion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in November 2005, the World Day has been marked by a high-profile ceremony that includes the presentation of the ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to distinguished laureates for their contribution towards building an inclusive and more equitable Information Society. This year, the awards will focus on eminent personalities for their work in providing ICT opportunities for persons with disabilities, the theme of the celebrations for 2008. Past laureates have included Professor Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank and President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.
Exceptionally this year, the global ceremony of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day will be held in Cairo, Egypt at the Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre (CICC) in conjunction with ITU TELECOM AFRICA, the regional ICT showcase and Forum. The ceremony will be webcast live directly from the venue; more information click here.
Following the post-WSIS tradition of the past two years, an extensive programme of events centred on the implementation of WSIS objectives will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, 13−23 May 2008.
The full programme of the celebrations and WSIS cluster of events is available here.
While the global ceremony will be held in Cairo, several countries, ITU
Members and Associates will be holding celebrations around the world.
Information for Press:
WTISD ceremony in Cairo, 15 May 2008
Accreditation for ITU T
WSIS Cluster of Events in Geneva, 13−23 May 2008
Press who would like to cover the events on WSIS implementation at ITU, accredit here. Please carefully read the procedures and complete theMedia Accreditation Form. Badges will be available at the ITU Montbrillant building, Place des Nations, Geneva from 12 May 2008.
For further information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
Tel: +41 22 730 5046
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Updated : 2008-04-15